Former B.C. Lion Nathan Rourke is again on the Jacksonville Jaguars' recreation roster

With each their quarterbacks nursing accidents this week, the Jaguars have signed Nathan Rourke to the lively roster for a second time.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking one other take a look at Nathan Rourke.

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The ex-B.C. Lions quarterback was signed to the crew’s lively roster Saturday, an apparent precautionary transfer with harm doubts hanging over starter Trevor Lawrence and backup C.J. Beathard.

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Each quarterbacks had been injured in Monday’s Jaguars loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Lawrence suffered a high-ankle sprain, whereas Beathard is coping with a shoulder downside.

Lawrence’s harm pressured him out of Monday’s recreation, with Beathard coming in for reduction.

“Nathan’s clearly on observe squad, so you’ll be able to’t deliver him up on an activation or an elevation, he’d have to return to the 53 to be able to be your forty ninth man like we did for New Orleans,” Pederson advised reporters on Friday. “At this time’s an enormous day for us. We’ve bought to get by means of at present and we’ll make these choices most likely earlier than we depart tomorrow.”

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Beathard was a full participant in observe on Friday, which means he’s able to play on Sunday, whereas Lawrence has been listed as questionable after he was restricted in observe all week.

Below a brand new rule introduced in by the NFL this season to assist groups handle accidents to quarterbacks, Rourke will gown as a forty ninth participant — usually solely 48 of the 53 gamers on the lively roster gown for a recreation.

It’s the second time the Jaguars have made such a roster transfer with Rourke; they signed him off the observe squad because the crew’s forty ninth participant for his or her Nov. 7 recreation, however he didn’t play and was later returned to the observe squad.

To return the 25-year-old to the observe squad, the Jags must waive Rourke. It’s potential he’d get claimed by one other crew off waivers, however then once more the entire time he’s been on the observe roster he’s been free to signal with one other crew.

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Nathan Rourke #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars carries the ball on a touchdown run against the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 12, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.
Nathan Rourke #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars carries the ball on a landing run in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason recreation at AT&T Stadium on August 12, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photograph by Richard Rodriguez /Getty Photographs

Rourke has been on the Jaguars’ observe squad because the finish of coaching camp; he had a robust pre-season for the Jags, the place he threw for 348 yards and one landing, in addition to as dashing for 39 yards and a landing.

Rourke spent the 2022 CFL season with the B.C. Lions, throwing for 3,349 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He additionally ran for 304 yards and 7 touchdowns earlier than struggling a damaged foot within the tenth recreation of the season. Nonetheless, he was named the league’s Most Excellent Canadian, the primary quarterback to take action since 1980.

He returned from his damaged foot within the playoffs and helped the Lions make the West last.

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